Coroners

Coroners record and investigate sudden, unexpected and violent deaths. Her Majesty's Senior Coroner for North Wales (East and Central) covering Denbighshire, Conwy, Wrexham and Flintshire, is Mr John Gittins LL.B (Hons) Solicitor.

Not all deaths are reported to the coroner, in most cases, a GP or hospital doctor can issue a Medical Certificate of the cause of death so that it can be registered by the registrar. 

When is a coroner involved?

A death should be reported to the coroner when a doctor knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that the death: 

  • Occurred as a result of poisoning, the use of a controlled drug, medicinal product, or toxic chemical; 
  • Occurred as a result of trauma, violence or physical injury, whether inflicted intentionally or otherwise;
  • Is related to any treatment or procedure of a medical or similar nature;
  • Occurred as a result of self-harm, (including a failure by the deceased person to preserve their own life) whether intentional or otherwise;
  • Occurred as a result of injury or disease received during, or attributable to, the course of the deceased person’s work;
  • Occurred as a result of a notifiable accident, poisoning, or disease;
  • Occurred as a result of neglect or failure of care by another person;
  • Was otherwise unnatural.

The coroner should also be informed where:

  • The death occurred in custody or otherwise in state detention – of whatever cause;
  • No attending practitioner attended the deceased at any time in the 14 days prior to death or no attending practitioner is available within a reasonable period to prepare an MCCD; 
  • The identity of the deceased is unknown;
  • The cause of death is unknown.

When a death has been reported to the coroner the registrar must wait for the coroner to finish his enquiries before the death can be registered. These enquiries may take time, so it is always best to contact the coroner’s office before any funeral arrangements are made. 

What does the coroner do?

Coroners will look to establish the medical cause of death. If the cause remains in doubt after a post mortem, an inquest will be held. If the examination shows death to have been a natural one, there may be no need for an inquest and the coroner will send a form to the registrar of deaths so that the death can be registered by the relatives and a certificate of burial issued by the registrar.

Inquests

An inquest is held to record:

  • Who the deceased was
  • When, where and how he or she came by the medical cause of death 

When a conclusion is reached, the coroner records the details needed for the registration of the death.

An inquest does not determine any question of civil liability or criminal liability on the part of a named person.

Forthcoming inquests

Click on a date to see inquests taking place that day:

It is an offence to make any recordings or take photographs within the Court Room or the Court building
Thursday 8 August 2019

Coroner's Court, The Town Hall, Lloyd Street, Llandudno, LL30 2UP


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
CHRISTOPHER KEVIN
RICHARDS
58 PENMACHNO 3.3.19 10am
MILDRED SYBIL PLINSTON 90 GLAN CLWYD 6.3.19 10.45am
NEIL MACINTYRE JONES 42 LLANFAIRFECHAN 14.2.19 11.30am
RAYMOND IRONS 73 GLAN CLWYD 24.4.19 12.15pm
Wednesday 14 August 2019

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
COLIN JAMES DAVIES 82 WREXHAM MAELOR 15.10.18 10am
STANLEY ARTUR BAILEY 98 HOLYWELL HOSPITAL 16.3.19 10.30am
JOEL RYAN DARLINGTON 20 RUTHIN 18.3.19 11.15am
MICHAEL MILEY GALLAGHER 31 RHYL 26.1.19 12 noon
Tuesday 20 August 2019

Coroner's Court, The Guildhall, Wrexham, LL11 1AY


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
BENJAMIN JON WILLIAMS 21 WREXHAM 14.3.19 10am
PAULINE OWEN 67 WREXHAM 18.3.19 10.45am
CHRISTOPHER KENNETH
GORDON
48 WREXHAM 5.1.19 11.30am
JOHN DARREN EVANS 35 WREXHAM 16.1.19 12.15pm
MARK ANTHONY FORMSTONE 46 WREXHAM 22.3.19 2pm
THOMAS TOMLINSON 91 WREXHAM MAELOR 27.3.19 2.45pm
GERALD AUSTIN WILLIAMS 90 WREXHAM MAELOR 26.03.19 3.15pm
Thursday 22 August 2019

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
IOAN RHYS LLOYD WILLIAMS 35 PRESTATYN 24.3.19 10am
JOHN MICHAEL DAVIES 48 DENBIGH 26.3.19 10.45am
RAYMOND LONGFORD 79 WREXHAM MAELOR 1.4.19 11.45am
IAN DAVID FLACK 76 LLANBEDR DC 24.10.18 12.30pm
ANNIE-JO MOUNTCASTLE
PRE-INQUEST HEARING
9 MONTHS LLANFAIR TH 17.11.17 2pm

 

Registration of Deaths

If the coroner decides that it is necessary for an inquest to be held, then the death will not be registered until the inquest has been completed, however an Interim Death Certificate will be issued by the coroner pending full registration.

At the conclusion of the inquest the coroner will register the death with the registrar for the area where the death occurred. The register offices for North Wales (East and Central) are:

The Coroner's Office

You can contact the Coroner's Office using the details below:

Address:
HM Coroner’s Office
County Hall
Wynnstay Road
Ruthin
LL15 1YN

Email: coroner@denbighshire.gov.uk  

Telephone number: 01824 708 047